- War is an armed conflict within a country or between countries.
An example of a war is the conflict between the United States and Iraq.
A war scene.
- open armed conflict between countries or between factions within the same country
- any active hostility, contention, or struggle; conflict: the war against disease
- Obsolete a battle
- military operations as a profession or science
Origin of warMiddle English werre ; from Norman French ; from Frankish an unverified form werra, confusion, strife, akin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to Old High German (fir)werran, to confuse ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
declare war (on)
- to make a formal declaration of being at war (with)
- to announce one's hostility (to)
go to war
- to enter into a war
- to become a member of the armed forces during a war
Origin of warMiddle English ; from Old Norse verre, adjective , verr, adv.; akin to Old High German werran, to confuse
- a. A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties.b. The period of such conflict.c. The techniques and procedures of war; military science.
- a. A condition of active antagonism or contention: a war of words; a price war.b. A concerted effort or campaign to combat or put an end to something considered injurious: the war against acid rain.
intransitive verbwarred warred, war·ring, wars
- To wage or carry on warfare.
- To be in a state of hostility or rivalry; contend.
Origin of warMiddle English warre, from Old North French werre, of Germanic origin; see wers- in Indo-European roots. Word History: War can be traced back to the Indo-European root *wers–, “to confuse, mix up.” In the Germanic family of the Indo-European languages, this root gave rise to several words having to do with confusion or mixture of various kinds. One was the noun *werza–, “confusion,” which in a later form *werra– was borrowed into Old French, probably from Frankish, a largely unrecorded Germanic language that contributed about 200 words to the vocabulary of Old French. From the Germanic stem came both the form werre in Old North French, the form borrowed into English in the 1100s, and guerre (also the source of guerrilla) in the rest of the Old French–speaking area. Both forms meant “war.” Meanwhile another form derived from the same Indo-European root had developed into a word denoting a more benign kind of mixture, Old High German wurst, meaning “sausage.” Modern German Wurst was borrowed into English in the 1800s.
(countable and uncountable, plural wars)
- (uncountable) Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually involving the engagement of military forces.
- The war was largely between Sunni and Shia militants.
- (countable) A particular conflict of this kind.
- (countable) By extension, any conflict, or anything resembling a conflict.
- You look like you've been through the wars.
- (figuratively) A campaign against something.
- The "war on drugs" is a campaign against the use of narcotic drugs.
- The "war on terror" is a campaign against terrorist crime.
- In the US, conservatives rail against the "war on Christmas".
- (business, countable) A bout of fierce competition in trade.
- I reaped the benefit of the car dealerships' price war, getting my car for far less than it's worth.
- The cellular phone companies were engaged in a freebie war, each offering various services thrown in when one purchased a plan.
- (uncountable) A particular card game for two players, notable for having its outcome predetermined by how the cards are dealt.
(third-person singular simple present wars, present participle warring, simple past and past participle warred)
From Middle English werre, from Late Old English werre, wyrre "armed conflict" from Old Northern French werre (compare Old French guerre, guerre, whence modern French guerre), from Frankish *werra (“riot, disturbance, quarrel") from Proto-Germanic *werrÅ (“mixture, mix-up, confusion"), from Proto-Indo-European *wers- (“to mix up, confuse, beat, thresh"). Akin to Old High German werra (“confusion, strife, quarrel") (German verwirren (“to confuse")), Old Saxon werran (“to confuse, perplex"), Dutch war (“confusion, disarray"), Old English wyrsa, wiersa (“worse"), Old Norse verri (“worse") (originally "confounded, mixed up"). Compare Latin versus (“against, turned"), past participle of vertere (“turn, change, overthrow, destroy"). More at worse, wurst.
- Relating to gaining access to network resources, such as Wi-Fi access, by locating and exploiting unprotected access addresses.
from the 1983 movie Wargames, which featured war-dialing
war - Computer Definition
(Web ARchive) A file that makes up a Java-based Web application including servlets, JSPs and other resources. A WAR file is a JAR file (a ZIPPED archive) that is designed to be decompressed to a specific directory structure for execution. WAR files can be unzipped using a PKUNZIP utility. See JAR and EAR.